1. I Still Believe (2020)
Based on a true story. Jeremy Camp (K.J. Apa) is a Christian music artist whose journey is filled with both love, sadness and loss. I Still Believe is a powerful film reminding movie lovers never to give up and hold on to hope at all costs.
2. Turner & Hooch (1989)
Wait, what! Isn’t this a comedy film? Yes, correct! While watching Scott Turner (Tom Hanks) adopt a large dog to find a killer is a fun time, it also contains an ending which no matter how many times I watch it, still breaks my heart. I applaud the film for taking a significant risk which has a fun payoff.
3. A Star Is Born (2018)
A professional music artist discovers a new and upcoming singer. While helping her in finding fame, they fall in love. A Star is Born has a stunning soundtrack and a touching romance that is impossible to ever forget about. The film’s ending was unexpected and unpredictable. With tremendous performances from both Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, this film is a must-watch, and you should do it with tissues by your side.
4. The Lion King (1994)
While Disney’s animated feature is nothing but perfection, it contains one of the saddest and shocking deaths in Animation history. This story promises to have its audience heartbroken no matter how many times you watch it.
5. Up (2009)
Another stunning animation hit from Disney. Up is quite a magical film and contains a powerfully unexpected opening montage, showing the life of one man who falls in love with the woman of his dreams and their journey, leading him to be an old man. It’s incredibly touching to watch, and the soundtrack alone still grabs my heart. Easily the most powerful introduction in any animation to date.
6. Lion (2016)
Based on a true story, Lion follows a young Indian boy who one day decides to go on a trip with his brother only to find himself alone and trapped on a train going to Calcutta. Twenty-five years later, he is now a grown man who is haunted daily by his memories of his family. Soon begins a new journey, hoping to one day be reunited with his family.
7. P.S I Love You (2007)
If you’re seeking a film that promises to have you cry right from the very start, P.S I Love You certainly delivers. Holly (Hilary Swank) is a widow who discovers that her late husband (Gerard Butler) has left behind written messages with hopes they will ease her suffering dealing with the loss. This film broke me.
8. Finding Neverland (2004)
Have you ever wondered how Peter Pan came to life? Finding Neverland reveals how the well-known story came to be. Sir James Matthew Barrie begins a new friendship with the Llewelyn Davies family who inspires him to enter a new creative world where dreams are welcomed called Neverland. Finding Neverland is simply a beautiful film with stunning performances and the promise of tears along with the journey of discovering the most beautiful place to visit. The film’s soundtrack is also wonderful and still gives me goosebumps with every rewatch
9. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Based on a true story. Christopher (Will Smith) is a struggling salesperson trying to make ends meet after recently winning custody of his only son (Jaden Smith). The film is loaded with heartbreaking moments that will have audiences praying for much better outcomes for both leads. The story is touching and encouraging as we witness one man hit rock bottom only to enter a new life-changing career.
10. Romeo + Juliet (1996)
A film about true love. Based on the well-known play by Shakespeare, director Baz Luhrmann reintroduces the world to the famous story. While many movie lovers will know the ending before the third act comes, the film’s finale is still gripping and heartbreaking.